High School Sports

State softball pairings

Rankings are from the May 13 Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association state poll. Thursday, May 30 ¯ Division III semifinals: West Jefferson (22-6) vs. No. 3 Cardington-Lincoln (24-4), 10 a.m.; No. 1 Champion (28-2) vs. Byesville Meadowbrook (18-9), 12:30 p.m. ¯ Division ...

Baseball regional pairings

Rankings are from latest Coaches Association state poll. DIVISION I Region 4 – Cincinnati Regional ¯ No. 8 Vandalia Butler (23-6) vs. Cincinnati Turpin (17-10) at University of Cincinnati, Thurs., 2 p.m. ¯ No. 12 Springboro (23-6) vs. No. 16 Cincinnati Elder (21-6) at University of ...

Quest for 3 continues

MASSILLON — For the eighth time since 2004, Champion softball returns to Akron on the path to what would be their third consecutive state title by beating West Salem Northwestern, 3-0, in the Division III Massillon Regional title game on Saturday. “These girls just did such a tremendous ...

Soph leads Girard trio to state

AUSTINTOWN — Jalaya Brown is stunned she jumped 17 feet, 5.75 inches. It was her first jump of six on Saturday in the Division II Austintown Regional girls long jump competition. Girard High School track and field coach Kevin Hetrick was amazed his sophomore long jumper was able to do ...

Klouda, Bowker continue trek to Columbus

AUSTINTOWN — Tyler Klouda has made that final stretch run before. Some kind of bell is run. A starter’s gun goes off. One more lap left. The Garfield High School senior took off around that final 400 meters. The last four years at the Division II regional track & field meet, Klouda ...

Leg cramps stop Irish’s Morgione

Greg Morgione took the court at the Linder Family Tennis Center Saturday morning in Mason, just outside of Cincinnati. He knew facing Trevor Ball was one more step to his ultimate goal, a state championship. Morgione won his Division II state semifinal match, 7-6, 5-7, 6-0, but it didn’t ...

All-Conference honors

Softball ALL-AMERICAN CONF. RED TIER ¯ Player of the Year: Sidney Griffith, Lakeside FIRST TEAM Emily Darlington Howland Sr IF Mary Gomez Canfield Sr CF Sidney Griffith Lakeside So IF MacKenzie Hamilton Lakeside Sr IF Karlie Heilman Harding Jr C Kayla ...

Head of the class: Ervin leads area onset

MASSILLON — Dynesty Ervin had a choice to make. Stay in Leavittsburg and graduate or run for a chance to state. The LaBrae senior chose the latter and proudly stood alone on the podium in the front of the Massillon Perry High School track, facing the crowd at hand. Her red robe draped ...

The race to state

AUSTINTOWN — Records are made to be broken. Howland senior distance runner Vincent Mauri broke his personal best time of 9:04 in the 3200 meter run, which he set at last year’s Division I state meet. Mauri set his new mark of 9:03.63 at Friday’s Division I regional final at Austintown ...

Ursuline’s Morgione in state semifinal

MASON — Ursuline junior Greg Morgione is two matches away from being called a state champion. The Division II singles player defeated Dayton Miami Valley School’s Niyanth Reddy, 6-4, 6-4; and Waverly’s Penn Morrison 7-5, 6-2, to advance to today’s semifinal match against Columbus ...

Eagles’ run stopped by Springfield

STRUTHERS — The Springfield Tigers returned to the scene of last season’s Division IV Struthers District championship victory Thursday — Bob Cene Park. The John F. Kennedy Eagles had ideas of their own in Thursday’s title game. Springfield’s Shane Eynon was last year’s hero for ...

Partying like 1996

FAIRPORT HARBOR — Mathews coach Jared Terlecky was a starting third baseman during his freshman season at Mathews in 1996, the last time the Mustangs claimed a baseball district title. For Terlecky, Thursday’s district championship victory was 23 years in the making. “To finally get ...

McDonald stumbles in initial regional appearance

AKRON — The McDonald softball program got its first taste of regional tournament play in school history, but the trip was cut short, as the Blue Devils fell to Monroeville, 15-3, on Thursday in a Division IV regional semifinal at Firestone Stadium. While not making excuses, Blue Devils ...

Young Bristol team eliminated

AKRON — The Bristol Panthers’ softball season came to an end Thursday in a 7-1 loss to Jeromesville Hillsdale in a Division IV Akron Regional semifinal at Firestone Stadium. “We did not play our best game today,” Bristol coach Alisha Kugler said. “Defense was a small part, our ...

Area throwers headed to Columbus

AUSTINTOWN — Dylan Wilson was playing junior varsity baseball his freshman year before Garfield High School athletic director Jim Pfleger told him about track and field. Wilson was 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds his sophomore year. He didn’t throw the discus more than 99 feet. Wilson, who ...

JFK’s Nannicola ready for return to state

Armand Nannicola is no longer a stranger to this scene. He’s been there before and is physically and mentally prepared for the challenge which lies ahead of him. The John F. Kennedy junior tennis player begins today’s Division II state tennis tournament as a returning player after ...

Ursuline taking five to Mason

All Kent Blacksher could do is just watch. Nervousness, hugging, crying. The Ursuline High School tennis coach went through a gamut of emotions a week ago at the Springside Racquet and Fitness Club in Akron. His sophomore doubles team of Josh Khavari and Gavin Blacksher was on the verge of ...

Flashes slam South Range

MASSILLON — Champion continues their quest for a third consecutive state title after taking down South Range 14-0 in a Division III Massillon Regional semifinal. “We’re excited,” Flashes coach Cheryl Weaver said. “We get to come back to Massillon for the regional final against ...

Bad time for a slide

NILES — It was a slugfest Wednesday at Wilder Field in Waddell Park as the two top-seeded teams in the Division III Niles District final both hit the ball well, but ultimately, the Edgewood Warriors defensive game plan helped them beat the Champion Golden Flashes, 10-5. Champion coach Rick ...

Four for four

MASSILLON — Liberty’s Alyssa Wilson talked about her making state in the Division III girls shot put. To the left of her was Newton Falls’ Libby Barreca, flipping a half-full gallon water jug from an attached handle. Earlier, the two were sitting in the infield of the track facility ...